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Thursday, 19 January 2017 | MYT 11:57 AM

Pokémon Go: New update fixes GPS drift

Location, location, location: The latest update to Pokemon Go fixes GPS drift.

Location, location, location: The latest update to Pokemon Go fixes GPS drift.

If you've been playing Pokémon Go for a while you'll probably have noticed the so-called "GPS drift" where even though you're standing in one place without moving, your avatar in the game is walking around in a slow circle or occasionally running a few hundred metres away.

Well, today, the folks at Niantic have released an update that, amongst other things, attempts to fix GPS drift so your character doesn't wander off too far anymore.

Depending on how you see it, this may be a good thing or a bad thing – it's good because your location is now more accurate than ever, but a colleague of ours sees the flipside and refuses to update the app (for now) because he enjoys the drift that will sometimes take his Pokémon Go character a little nearer to a previously unreachable PokeStop.

We've tried the new update and while it doesn't completely fix GPS drift, it does limit the distance your avatar drifts away from your actual location.

Nevertheless, the update also introduces a number of minor "text fixes" and an updated Apple Watch app that now also displays eggs obtained from PokeStops.

Version 0.53.1 for Android and version 1.23.1 for iOS is available in Google Play now and the App Store respectively.

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